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Tuesday
May192015

Jell-O Rain, Marshmallow Fluff Clouds, and Marshmallow Rainbows~ Birthday Party Ideas

Hello!  Today, we are going to share with you a fun idea that is easy for the kids to help make!  The Marshmallow Rainbows have a lot of wow-factor and the kids LOVE to make and eat them!  YOU CAN WATCH US IN ACTION MAKING THESE OVER ON OUR YOU TUBE CHANNEL (we would love for you to subscribe to our channel, too!!).

To make this treat, you will need...

Blue Jell-O to make into "rain",

Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue,colors of Jell-O powder,

Marshmallow Fluff

Mini Marshmallows

Water

Clear Cups

Ziploc Bags (snack size)

Skewers or Cake Wire

Sprinkles (optional)

 

1.  Make blue Jell-O according to the directions on the box.  Divide into individual, clear cups.  While the Jell-O is setting, it is a great time to make the Marshmallow Rainbows!

2.  MARSHMALLOW RAINBOWS- these are fun and easy!! You will need...

Jell-O Powder in all the colors of the rainbow each color poured separately into Ziplocs bags. (We made purple by mixing red and blue.)

Mini Marshmallows

Bowl of Water for dipping marshmallows

Ziploc Baggies

Spoon

Skewers (easiest) or Cake Wire (to shape the cake wire like a rainbow, an adult will have to cut the wire and bend it like an arc to fit the bowl or cup that you use.) 

You will need to first pour the marshmallows in the water and stir to get marshmallows wet.

Spoon the marshmallows into the first color of Jell-O powder that you want to make.  Close the bag tightly and shake to coat the marshmallow.  Tip- don't spoon water into the bag- use a slotted spoon if that helps!

Take colored marshmallows out of the bag and place on waxed paper to let dry for about 2 hours

Repeat with each color.

When marshmallows are coated and dried, assemble them on the skewer or cake wire in the colors of the rainbow.


3.  When the blue Jell-O is set in the cups or bowls, add a dollop of Marshmallow Fluff for the cloud.

4.  Place Marshmallow Rainbow over the top of the cloud.  If you use a cake wire, gently slide the rainbow down the sides of the cup.  Be careful not to let it pop out on you!  Flying rainbows make for big laughs, though, that is for sure!  An adult should help with this part to be safest.   

ENJOY!!  It really is a perfect way to brighten any day!!  We love these for rainy days!

Tuesday
May122015

GRADUATION CUTIES - CLEMENTINE ORANGES and APPLES WITH GRADUATION CAPS- PARTY IDEAS

HELLO AGAIN!  Can you tell we are excited about graduation this year?  This oh-so-simple party idea will have you looking like the smartest (and most clever) hostess in town!  Simply, use a round fruit of your choice...apples, oranges, etc. and add a graduation cap made of cupcake liners and paper!  

Draw a face on the fruit using an edible food marker (found at craft stores in the baking aisle).

For our graduation caps, we cut chalkboard foam board into squares so that we could write messages and names on the tops of the hats with chalk.  You can also just use black construction paper or cardstock.  I am sure a chalk pen would work well, too!

Let me know if you make these!  I can see these being a big hit at Kindergarten Graduations...all the way up to college and beyond!  You can also see how we made more graduation gift ideas on our YouTube Channel.

 

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Sunday
May102015

GRADUATION GIFTS OR PARTY FAVORS- Chalkboard GRADUATION HATS

We are getting ready for two graduations in our family this year!  My nieces are both graduating (one from college and one from high school), and so I thought the kids would love to make something for them to give them on their big day!  This idea is so very easy!  Basically, you can adapt it to make it work for you!  YOU CAN WATCH OUR VIDEO ON HOW TO MAKE THESE! They are easy enough for the kids to do! 

You will need...

1. Clear Containers (we used Starbucks Frappucino Bottles and large Gerber baby food jars)

2. Cupcake Liners (black)

3. Black Paper cut in squares to fit over cupcake liners (we used Elmer's Chalkboard Foam Board so that we could write on the hats easily)

4. Glue or Glue Dots

5. Chalk

6. Yarn for tassels

7. Scissors

8. Hershey Kisses (or candy of your choice)

Fill the container with the candy of your choice. We used Sixlets and Jelly Beans to match the school colors. M&M's work well, too!

To make the graduation cap, place a black cupcake liner over the top of the bottle top. Add the black square to the top with glue. Remember to write your message on the black square before you attach it to the cupcake liner.

For the tassel, use 2 strings of yarn. Put them together and then fold in half. Glue or tape the tassel to the center of the black square. Use these for party favors or as sweet and simple gifts for a graduate. They are great for Kindergarten graduations all the up to college graduations!

Enjoy! 


Friday
May012015

Flower Cookies for Mother's Day or Any Day!

Hello Friends,

 I hope you are all doing well!  My blog has been on "pause" for  awhile mainly due to time contraints.  I am hoping to be back here a little more often and to bring you a few new things along the way.  My kids and I have been playing around with the idea of doing a video for you all.  I must admit, we can only improve from here!! We laugh at our first attempt, but you have to start somewhere...

 We make these marshmallow flowers every year in different versions.  I used to have my classes make these for their moms on Mother's Day (we would invite the moms to a Mother's Day Tea) when I taught school.  They have been a big hit for so many years, and so we thought we would start with something "tried and true" to bring you our first ever video.  Remember, we can only get better from here!! :)  It has been fun and funny to make the video- the kids love the bloopers at the end.  We hope you learn a little something that you can use- and we hope that your kids can learn from it, too!  We would love for it to be a video that they can follow along with and make something fun with minimal help from their parents.  Here goes...please watch our video below (and you can be our very first subscriber- we have 0!)...

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Flower Cookies- Quick and Easy
You will need…
Sugar Cookies
Marshmallows
Skittles (or other round candy)
Sprinkles
White Icing
Food Coloring
1.  Combine the white icing with one or two drops of food coloring to make the colors that you want.  Make in small batches.
2.  Spread the icing on a sugar cookie.
3.  Use kitchen scissors (adults only) and cut a marshmallow into five "petals".
4.  Put marshmallow petals on the icing on the cookie.
5.  Add a candy center.
6.  Sprinkle sprinkles on marshmallow petals
7.  Serve and enjoy!

 

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Monday
Dec152014

RUDOLPH'S RED NOSE PARTY FAVORS FOR BIRTHDAY PARTIES AND HOLIDAY PARTIES

This couldn't be easier!  Make these adorable party favors or gifts for friends this holiday season and watch them light-up with joy!  

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